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A Day at Disney

A mother learns a lesson about honesty on a trip with her children

I recently took a trip to Disney World with my family and learned a lesson about rigorous honesty and practicing these principles in all my affairs.

One of the parks has a show children can participate in where they train to be a Jedi and fight Darth Vader. My boys are both huge Star Wars fans, so we made it a point to get to the park early and secure them a spot. When we got to the check in counter, I noticed a sign stating that all future Jedis must be between the ages of 4 and 12. My younger son is 3 ½. I knew I had to make a decision: do I lie and tell them my son is 4 or do I explain to my son that he's not old enough yet, and we can do it next time? I've been sober for 18 years, and honesty in all areas has become very important to me. However, I told myself, this is no big deal. No one is going to get hurt by this lie, and my son will miss out on a great time if I tell the truth. Everyone lies at these things. People say their kids are younger than they are so they qualify for a discounted entrance fee. My own nieces stuffed their shoes with napkins to make them tall enough to ride certain rides! He'll be 4 in a few months, what's the big deal?

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